2011-Faculty & Staff News - Carnegie Mellon University

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Truckin' to the Food Bank

Food BankCarnegie Mellon's 18th annual food drive, sponsored by Staff Council, donated 8,667 pounds of food and $3,982.90 to the Greater Pittsburgh Area Food Bank. MORE
Thursday, December 15, 2011

President Cohon Attends White House Meeting

ObamaCarnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon was called to the White House Dec. 5 to attend a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and several other university presidents and chancellors to discuss making college more affordable for students.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Low Cost, High Expense?

Marcellus ShaleAnita Barkin is on a mission for public health. That's not surprising for Carnegie Mellon's director of Health Services, but this effort stretches far beyond the university's Pittsburgh campus. And far below.

Barkin's mission is to educate the public about the process and impacts of drilling into the Marcellus Shale for natural gas and to advocate for safeguards. Her message to the industry and government officials is to slow down and weigh all of the factors involved.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Inspire Innovation: Asia 2011

Inspire InnovationAlumni, parents and friends joined the Beijing alumni chapter for a special evening of news and updates featuring Jared L. Cohon and distinguished alumnus and former faculty member Kai-Fu Lee (SCS '88), chairman and CEO of Innovation Works and former head of Google China.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Artists of the Year Rubin, Peña Recognized

RubinCarnegie Mellon has swept the 2011 Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (PCA) Artist of the Year awards with faculty members Jon Rubin and John Pena taking home Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year, respectively.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sustainability as a Way of Life

School of DesignThe School of Design wants to set a sustainable example. And it's doing so with a new faculty common room that features sustainably produced ceramic tile floor, natural clay paint, a reclaimed barn oak table and nontoxic plywood bookshelves. MORE
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Problem Solver

Chris HarrisonChris Harrison, who has a list of inventions since arriving at CMU has visited more than 50 countries to date, says that learning the often surprising ways that people in other lands use technology stokes his own creativity.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Students Enjoy Rare Opportunities With World Leaders

RumsfeldFormer congresswomen Beverly Byron (D-MD) and Sue Kelly (R-NY) spent two and a half days visiting with Kiron Skinner's students as part of the Congress to Campus Program.

Skinner's students had also had special question and answer sessions with former Speaker of the House and current presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Skinner Joins Gingrich's Campaign

Kiron Skinner, associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of CMU's Center for International Relations and Politics, has been tapped by Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich to advise him on matters of national security and foreign policy. Skinner attended the GOP presidential debate on Nov. 22 in Washington, D.C., as part of Gingrich's campaign team.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Education City Hosts Inaugural Campus Conversation

Campus ConversationProfessor Robert Cavalier has a simple idea when it comes to learning: "We think better when we think together."

Cavalier, co-director of CMU's Program for Deliberative Democracy, recently helped organize Education City's first Campus Conversation in Qatar. The event focused on how global climate change might affect future generations and Qatar's food security.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Class Aids First Responders in Silicon Valley

First responders have so much to do in so little time.

"In an emergency situation, time is critical," said Patricia Collins, an assistant professor of the practice at CMU's Silicon Valley campus. Collins wants to help with mobile software technology. Her class, Requirements Engineering, worked to understand emergency medical service needs.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Lecture Spotlight: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Keynote Challenges Audiences To Find "The Courage To Lead"

FranklinBernard Franklin, a friend of Martin Luther King Jr.'s family, will reflect on the qualities that set the civil rights leader apart in his keynote address, titled "The Courage To Lead," during CMU's 2012 MLK Day celebration. MORE
Thursday, December 15, 2011

Extra, Extra! Read All About Him

ExtraJeff Balmert is taking an unusual approach to break into the film industry. The document production specialist at the Software Engineering Institute is working in front of the camera to get behind the scenes. MORE
Thursday, December 15, 2011

GigaBlitz

GigablitzFrom a bike path in Montana to a backwater underneath a highway overpass in Austria, citizen scientists fanned out last June to capture high-resolution images for the first Nearby Nature GigaBlitz. Organizers are hoping for even broader participation in the second GigaBlitz, scheduled for the solstice week of Dec. 19-26. MORE
Monday, November 14, 2011

Trustee Opens Innovators Forum

Innovators ForumJonathan Rothberg (E '85) has innovation on his mind.

Earlier this month, Rothberg returned to Carnegie Mellon as the first guest of The Innovators Forum, an exciting new series connecting the world's top innovative minds with the university community.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Location, Location, Location

SadehThe U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing a case, U.S. v. Jones, that raises important questions about the government's use of GPS technology to monitor the movements of people. In this case, the government argues that it was not required to obtain a warrant before using GPS to track a suspected drug dealer.

But Professor Norman Sadeh, along with other technology experts, has filed an amicus brief, contending that this warrantless use of GPS violates the Fourth Amendment. Sadeh, director of CMU's Mobile Commerce Laboratory and co-director of the School of Computer Science's Ph.D. Program in Computation, Organizations and Society, talked to the Piper about the ways GPS tracking is more invasive than other surveillance technologies that have been legally used without warrants.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Veteran's Vision

MarinesMarine Lt. Col. Stephen Beck has a story to share.

Hundreds of them, unfortunately.

Beck, who joined CMU in 2010, is the executive officer of the Naval ROTC program for Carnegie Mellon, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh and is an associate professor of Naval Science. He wants people to know about the lives of military personnel who are killed during battle.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Army Enlists CMU's Help To Save Energy

HammackEven the U.S. Army wants to shrink its carbon "bootprint."

When it comes to energy costs, the Army is grappling with how to continue to support national security and stay nimble at a time when energy costs are rising and budgets are being reduced.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

New Journal Focuses on Emerging Writing and Artists

NinfaA lack of publishing opportunities frustrated two friends.

Up-and-coming writers have few opportunities, so Marci Calabretta (HS'11) and Inès Pujos (HS'12) decided to do something about it. The creative writing majors launched their own literary journal.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

CMU-Australia Strengthens Educational Ties With Vietnam

AustraliaCarnegie Mellon-Australia is strengthening ties with Vietnam through a new short course program.

The Adelaide-based campus held a 10-day short course in October on Human Capital Management in IT & Communications for 18 delegates from the Vietnamese Government's Ministry of Information and Communication.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Alumni Achievers

MusicianDale Clevenger calls the French horn a "catalyst, protagonist and a culprit" for launching his lifelong love of music. As a child, he said "I saw it from a long ways away. I liked the way it looked and sounded, and it was magical."

Clevenger, principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1966, received an Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award during this year's Cèilidh Weekend.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Childhood Dreams

mailboxJames David White and Jon Underwood of the Entertainment Technology Center never knew Randy Pausch, but they recently had the opportunity to sense his spirit and see some of his childhood dreams. MORE
Monday, October 17, 2011

And the Winners Are...

Andy AwardsThe Andy Awards, CMU's version of the Oscars and Tonys, recognize Carnegie Mellon staff members in six categories for their exceptional work performance, commitment and extraordinary contributions that greatly impact the university community. MORE
Monday, October 17, 2011

Q&A: ECE Professor Bruce Krogh Directs Efforts in Rwanda

Bruce KroghElectrical and Computer Engineering Professor Bruch Krogh is an expert on the theory and application of computer control systems. Soon he'll be an expert on leading a university program abroad. MORE
Monday, October 17, 2011

Student Startups Showcased at Venture Fair

MasaValveBudding entrepreneurs Sanna Gaspard, a CMU Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, and Doug Bernstein, a senior biomedical engineering major, were award winners at the 3 Rivers Venture Fair, which highlighted Greenlighting Startups at PNC Park in late September. MORE
Monday, October 17, 2011

Masterful Mentors

JanisThe College of Fine Arts recently hosted two special guests, world-renowned concert pianist Byron Janis and Academy Award winner composer Stephen Schwartz (A '68). MORE
Monday, October 17, 2011

New HR Chief

KenneyDianne Kenney has a penchant for taking good things and making them better. The new associate vice president for Human Resources (HR) and chief HR officer says her success stems from seeing the big picture, building solid relationships and teamwork. MORE
Monday, October 17, 2011

Open Enrollment for Benefits To Run Oct. 31-Nov. 14

The Open Enrollment period for 2012 benefits will begin Monday, Oct. 31 and end on Monday, Nov. 14.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

A Day in the Park

MarinelliEntertainment Technology Center (ETC) Executive Producer Don Marinelli (above) treated ETC students, faculty, staff and their families to an Appreciation Picnic at PNC Park on Saturday, Oct. 1. MORE
Monday, October 17, 2011

Lecture Spotlight

ClevengerTwo upcoming lectures featuring alumni who have achieved greatness in their fields serve as testimony to Carnegie Mellon's impact in the arts and sciences. MORE